The police in Rivers State have arrested a woman for stealing her sister’s child and selling off the child to an undisclosed buyer for N600, 000 in Imo state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, who disclosed this to newsmen while parading the suspects, said the mother of the victim identified as Peace Emmanuel visited the Omagwa police station on May 20 2022, to report that her five-year-old daughter was missing.
“On May 20 this year, a lady called Peace Emmanuel reported that her five-year-old daughter was missing. The case was reported at the Omagwa Police Station.
But later, it was transferred to the Commissioner of Police Monitoring Team at the Force Avenue, Port Harcourt. They went into investigation and eventually, it was discovered that it was her sister who arranged to steal her child and she eventually sold the child to a lady in Imo State for the sum of N600,000.
So, we went and we were able to rescue the little girl. We also arrested two suspects. The major suspect’s name is Ejike Edith, aged 30; she also mentioned others who did that crime with her. They are Prince Ugwu and Nkiruja Samuel, 26. These suspects were also arrested and are here with us. But the person who received the baby is in Imo State and we are making arrangements to ensure that he is arrested to face the law.”
Eboka also disclosed that the state police also uncovered a kidnappers’ den in a forest in Kaani community, Khana LGA of the state, rescuing victims and recovering several AK-47 rifles used by the suspects.
“Similarly, on May 27, the same anti-kidnapping unit also arrested one Messiah Wisdom. The suspect would invite girls to his house, drug them, make love to them, video them and threaten them to bring the sum of N1m or risk the chance of the video going viral.
On Wednesday, we also got information that some people were looking for AK-47 rifles to buy. We worked on that piece of information, developed it and sent our men to go and pose as those wanting to sell the rifles.
Eventually, two men came up to buy the rifles. They agreed to buy the rifles for N850,000 per rifle. They wanted to buy four pieces; they came with a boat and had with them the sum of N1.3m, which they wanted to pay as a deposit.
They promised that when we follow them to the river, they would give us the balance in the river. But these two people were arrested and the money was recovered.
The third person escaped with their boat. The suspects confessed and said they wanted to buy the rifles to protect their community. I don’t know who gave them permission to bear AK-47 rifles to protect their community,”
The police boss added that all the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.